1. What was your inspiration in starting sheJAMS.
sheJAMs was started by 3 friends. Julie Andrea Melissa (that is how we got JAM). We were all hooked on Triathlons and wanted to hook other women just like us. We were all USAT Certified Coaches and wanted to find a way to use our knowledge – so we decided to do an all women’s Triathlon training program. Coreen joined us soon after the inception.
It was a natural for us because Julie is the founder of the Maine Cancer Foundation Tri for a Cure – which is an all women’s sprint triathlon to benefit cancer research, patient support and education for the Maine Cancer Foundation. This race started in 2008 and since then has raised over 7 million for the foundation. We get newbies every year – lots of them and we want to help them have the best race experience ever. It has been wonderful. This year we had over 85 women in the Tri training program. We swim on Monday’s, Run on Tuesday and Bike on Saturday’s. We provide a coach for each discipline and also provide them with a training program to do when they are not with us! It is great to see the women change over time. Many have gone on to do Half and Full distance triathlons!
We have pretty much year round training programs – Swim, Run, Spin, Boot Camp & Yoga. All great fun in a non competitive atmosphere!
2. Who is your targeted audience for this and how is your experience different?
sheJAMs joined with REV 3 in 2012. This is our third year with the “Race within a Race” concept. We limit the experience to 100 women and we really support them from coming to pick up their race packets to cheering them out on the course!! This is for the woman who wants to try an Olympic Triathlon in an all women’s atmosphere.
The race is a way to give back to women in our community. Each participant must raise $100 for Women Work & Community. This foundation helps women recognize strengths, overcome barriers, find resources, develop a plan, take action towards their goals... We believe the mission of both sheJAMs and Women Work and Community are the same in many ways!
You don’t have to be a sheJAMs member to do the REV3 sheJAMs Triathlon.....you just need to want to have fun with a bunch of women and raise a little money for a GREAT cause....
3. What upcoming events do you have planned for this yr?
REV3 sheJAMs Triathlon is our last Triathlon planned for the season, after this we will be paddle boarding and doing running races and taking a little time off before off season training starts.
*although i am a rev3 team member, i have no affiliation with sheJAMS and it is not a sponsored post*